Mixing Medicines Can Be Dangerous
Mixing prescription and over-the-counter medicines with other medicines or substances —intentionally or by accident—can have dangerous effects. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Designing a Tamper-Resistant Opioid: Announcing the 2019 Addiction Science Award Winners
These 2019 Addiction Science Award winners developed a tamper-resistant opioid, explored the gene/addiction connection, and identified risky teen behaviors.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Problem(s) With Nicotine
E-cigarettes and tobacco products contain an addictive drug called nicotine, which makes it very hard to stop using them.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 24, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Myth or Fact? “Addiction Is a Choice"
Addiction is a brain disease. It ’s not a choice, and it’s not a weakness. Drugs can change how the brain works, and those changes can last for a long time. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Plan Your Activity for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ®: Become a CSI Agent!
Need activity ideas for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week? Check out this game: teams conduct a crime scene investigation (CSI) and see who can solve the mystery first.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 10, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Emergency Room
Opioid use disorder is a complex problem. Emergency room doctors can  save the life of someone with OUD by reversing an opioid overdose and addressing the longer-term problem of addiction.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

You Said It: “I Know Someone Who Started Smoking and Wishes They Could Quit”
If you know someone who wants to quit smoking, you can help by listening without judgment and sharing some of these facts with your friend.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? “Dopamine”
Your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine as a response to things that are pleasurable.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? "Dopamine"
Your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine as a response to things that are pleasurable.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Marijuana: Just the Facts
The teen brain continues to develop until age 25. Using marijuana regularly before then can have negative and long-lasting effects.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 6, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

What's a Healthy Relationship Like?
Strong, healthy relationships are important for a happy life. How can you tell if a relationship is positive for you?  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 29, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Announcing the “Teens Make Music” Contest Winners!
The winning songwriters share the motivations behind their songs and their favorite moments at the GRAMMY Awards.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

What To Ask Your Dentist About Opioids
One of the best ways to reduce your chance of misusing an opioid pain reliever is to talk to your dentist.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Why Are Drugs So Hard To Quit?
The answer might surprise you. It has to do with the brain.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

What Do Anabolic Steroids Do to Your Body? Test Your Knowledge
Take this quiz to learn about the effects of misusing anabolic steroids.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Can Space Help Us Understand Addiction?
Scientists will investigate space-based changes to hopefully uncover greater insights into diseases like addiction and treatments that might help.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? "Naloxone"
Scientists and health professionals are working toward solutions that save lives from the opioid crisis. One of those solutions is naloxone.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

You ’re Programming Your Brain—Right Now!
Your brain keeps developing until you ’re about 25 years old. Fortunately, your brain is influenced by things you can control, including your health choices.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 11, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Choices Matter —At Any Age
When it comes to drugs and alcohol, the choices you make  as a young adult will be just as important as the ones you make in your teen years. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 4, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Educating Peers, Reducing Stigma: A “4-H Healthy Living Ambassador” Shares His Story
West Virginian Nate Plumley uses his family ’s first-hand experience with opioid misuse to help others.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Myth or Fact? "Spice Is Like Marijuana"
Spice might look like marijuana, but that ’s where the similarities end. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Young Women in Science
These young women  are helping inspire other women and girls to join the field of science. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 11, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Why Is Nicotine So Addictive?
Tobacco use kills about 1,300 people every day. What makes nicotine —a main ingredient in tobacco—so addictive?Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 4, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

What Is Drugged Driving?
It isn ’t safe to drive after drinking alcohol—or after using illicit drugs or misusing prescription drugs.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 28, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

NIDA Director Kicks Off NDAFW and Chat Day
More than 50 scientists  chat live with teens across the country on National Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Good Tunes, Smart Choices: “Teens Make Music Contest” Winners To Be Announced
Teens are using the power of music to reflect on the consequences of drug use. Listen and learn more.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Year in Drugs and Health News: 2018 Blog Roundup
Check out this list of blog posts from the past year, complete  with facts, tips, and even a few quizzes to test your knowledge. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 7, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Survey Results Sending Smoke Signals That Teens Are Vaping at Increasing Rates
In this year's 2018 Monitoring the Future survey,  teens reported a dramatic increase in using vaping devices, in just a single year.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Addiction and the Importance of Social Connections
Scientists are discovering that connecting with other people might create a positive effect for people who have problems with drugs.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Ask a Scientist: National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day
One day every year, scientists answer teens' questions about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and the brain.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

How Risky Is It To Combine Drugs? Test Your Knowledge
Take our quiz to learn what can happen if a person uses two or more drugs at the same time.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - November 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? "Clinical Trial"
Scientists work with volunteers in a clinical trial to find out how well a medicine or treatment works.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - November 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Real Cost of Vaping
Even though they don't produce tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes are harmful in other ways.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Drug Use Hurts Families
Drug use and addiction can lead to problems for the person using drugs and for family members, too.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 22, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Making Cigarettes Less Addictive?
Decreasing  the amount of nicotine in cigarettes could help reduce the health risks of smoking.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

A Teen Scientist Asks: How Can Parents Safely Manage Medicines in the Home?
Emily Garcia shares her thoughts about  the important role parents play in safely storing medicines and about her love for science. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 2, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Are Some Babies Born Addicted?
If a pregnant woman has problems with drugs, her newborn baby may experience painful symptoms of withdrawal and other health problems.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - September 24, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Talking With Your Parents About Drugs
You don ’t have to wait for an adult to start a discussion about drugs. Speak up and speak out!Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - September 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Sculpting Your Brain: The Science of Addiction
Using drugs in your teen years can affect the way your brain develops.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - September 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Opioids: Just the Facts
What are the risks of misusing opioids? Learn the answer and more about opioids in NIDA ’s new guide “Opioid Facts for Teens.”Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - August 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

You Said It: “I Have Tried To Help a Friend Stop Using Drugs”
It ’s natural to want to help a friend. Just remember what’s in your control, and what isn’t.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - August 20, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Science vs. the Opioid Crisis: The HEAL Initiative
Misuse of opioids is a major problem. A massive new scientific program is helping to solve it.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - August 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Resisting Peer Pressure: Tips From a SADD Student Leader
You can resist peer pressure with a few key strategies and help from friends and family.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - August 6, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Did Big Tobacco Lie to Teens?
The major tobacco companies knew for years that smoking was dangerous to a person ’s health—and they still told the public that smoking was safe.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Danger: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy
Marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise. Using marijuana while pregnant is unsafe for an unborn baby.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

How Safe Is “Social Smoking”? Test Your Knowledge
You know about the health problems from smoking cigarettes. But what about just smoking a cigarette every now and then?Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? “Relapse”
A person who's trying to stop using drugs can sometimes start using them again. Fortunately, treatment can help to lower the chance of this happening.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Marijuana Edibles Are Not Candy
No matter what  the packaging or advertising says, marijuana edibles are not candy, and they aren't legal for anyone under 21. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - July 2, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Identifying Unreported Overdose Suicides: Top Addiction Science Award Winner 2018
The Addiction Science Awards honor remarkable teen scientists and their work to advance the science of addiction.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

How Dangerous Are Synthetic Drugs? Test Your Knowledge
Most drugs (even the ones that help people) are made in labs, not in nature. Take this quiz to learn more.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs